This topic is is adapted from the 365 Bible YouTube channel.
Every Christian ministry’s primary goal should be to make disciples and to make disciple-makers. If you don’t know why you should be making disciples and disciple-makers, how, or what that even means, you need to if you’re going to have an effective witness. No matter what your parachurch ministry’s particular goals are, PursueGOD.org can help.
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commanded his disciples to go make more disciples. These are our marching orders.
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
A disciple is someone who trusts Jesus (salvation), honors God (sanctification), and makes disciples (evangelism). At PursueGOD, we call this “going full circle.” These are the marks of someone who is truly mature in Christ. We are not exempt from leading people to trust Jesus for the first time, but we must also walk alongside in helping them to honor God in their everyday life.
One area that many ministries and churches are not excelling in is this third aspect of the “circle” – helping disciples to make disciples. Biblically, a disciple trusts Jesus for their salvation and lives more and more to honor God with their life as they draw toward him through prayer, scripture reading, fellowship, and service. For one reason or another, many people stop here. There are many reasons for this that are as diverse as the Church itself, but one main reason we seek to address at PursueGOD is the “how.” “How” can a Christian make disciples and make disciple-makers?
Disciple-makers go into relationships with both truth and love. They speak the truth of a biblical worldview with an ultimate desire to be loving. Few things are a quicker turn-off for a conversation or relationship than someone who yells and shouts about truth without showing an ounce of legitimate care and concern for the other person.
At PursueGOD, we train everyone, regardless of education or experience, to do “topic-at-a-time” conversational ministry in one-on-one and small group settings. PursueGOD is a topical library providing countless conversation-starters on everything from Bible interpretation to being a new mom. We want to mobilize you to make disciples in a reproducible way.
Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Is your church or ministry struggling with making disciples? Why do you think that is?
- Why are Christians supposed to make disciples? What do you think is the ultimate goal of making disciples from God’s perspective?
- How did Christianity spread in the first century? How should this influence the way we go about making disciples?
- What strategy does your church or ministry have for equipping new disciples to themselves become disciple-makers?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.